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Multitronic or Automatic?

Discussion in 'A6/S6/Allroad forum (C5 Chassis)' started by davidif, Jun 22, 2012.

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    [Jun 22, 2012]
    Hi ive been away from Audi's for a while (well not totally as the wife has an A4 cab) but i now fancy an A6 TDI but i'd like an auto transmission. However i seem to remember that lots of people had problems with the multitronic and indeed my local mechanic (exAudi tech) says to stay away from multitronic cars! I seem to recall that the quattro autos were not multitronic but instead a proper torque converter auto but my recolection is a little vague can anyone confirm this or otherwise.

    Thanks in anticipation,Dave
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    [Jun 22, 2012]
    fwd = multitronic

    quattro = tiptronic (proper auto)

    I think in the facelift cars the multi box came somewhat more reliable ;)
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    [Jun 22, 2012]
    stick with cogs and clutches. they wont leave you with 3.5k repair bills without warning.

    i'd never have an auto............. ever.

    you joined 6 years ago and this is your first post?
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    [Jun 22, 2012]
    That's why you get an Audi warranty for those unwanted little problems ;)

    And better late than never!!
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    [Jun 25, 2012]
    My last car was an 2005 A4 with the multitronic box... and yes, I was bitten firmly in the wallet area when the dreaded PRNDS started flashing. I got "lucky", as just a gearbox control unit (£900 fitted by an indy garage), but I was really kicking myself for not having researched properly before getting the vehicle.

    I would never get one again... they just seem too fragile, hardly anyone services them, and they cost the earth to fix or replace (I think I was quoted something ludicrous like about 8K by the local Audi dealer).

    I now have a quattro A6 avant with the "proper" tiptronic auto and the 3.0 TDI, and I think it is a combo made in heaven ;)
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    [Jun 26, 2012]
    Multitronic box repairs are significantly cheaper than they used to be (£1200 for a replacement). Also, failure rates on the multitronic tend to be more common on older (6 clutch) versions, and then generally on the higher torque (2.5+) engines. A 1.9 tdi multitronic with the new 7 clutch should be reliable enough.
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    Wow... that's come down quite a bit, although I bet the devil is in the details (i.e. labour costs).

    I agree that the newer boxes are probably fine when matched to a 1.9/2.0 TDI and have the fluids changed like clockwork, but I still contend that a) the A6 just feels underwhelming with a four-pot, and b) it seems slightly unhinged that they even offer the multitronic box paired with the 2.7 V6 TDI, given it is right on the torque rating (400Nm)
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    [Jun 27, 2012]
    2nd your opinion ! I don't have two left legs as such i love to be in control of what speed i am in WHEN i want !
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    [Jun 28, 2012]
    3.0 TDI quattro Tiptronic, the ultimate!!!
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    [Jun 28, 2012]
    :iagree:, luv take off from standstill :racer:
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